[Don Paul, left, with Thorne Dreyer, at the KOOP studios. Photo by Roger Baker.]
New Orleans author, poet, musician, musical producer, and activist Don Paul is our guest on Rag Radio. The show includes performance.
Forty-five years ago, at age 20, Don Paul was the youngest winner of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing at Stanford. (Other winners include Ken Kesey and Larry McMurtry.) He's the author of more than 25 books and the leader or producer of 23 albums. Among those who have praised his writing are Malcolm Cowley, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, John Sinclair, April Smith, and Tom Zigal. Paul has worked with such musicians as Evan Christopher, India Cooke, Alex de Grassi, Dhyani Dharma, Hamid Drake, Kidd Jordan, Henry Kaiser, Roger Lewis, and Miya Masaoka.
And, as a distance-runner, Don Paul qualified for the 1980 and and 1988 U.S. Men's Olympic Marathon Trials and held the World Best for running 50 kilometers between 1982 and 1992!
In the San Francisco Bay Area Don co-founded Housing Is A Human Right and Rebuild Green. Ten years ago he moved to New Orleans to help with that city's post-flood recovery and served as Operations Director for Common Ground Relief from June through December 2006, and then undertook construction projects in the Upper 9th Ward and Central City. Don and his wife, Maryse Déjean, currently direct Sticking Up For Children, an organization with five youth-education partners in Haiti and New Orleans.
Rag Radio (www.theragblog.com/rag-radio/) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The host and producer of Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, is a prominent Austin-based activist and writer who was a pioneer of the ’60s underground press movement. The show’s engineer and co-producer is Tracey Schulz and the staff photographer is Roger Baker. The syndicated show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP (www.koop.org/listen-now), and is later rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1, and by KKRN, 88.5-FM in Round Mountain, CA -- and as a featured podcast at Veterans Today (VeteransToday.com). Contact: email@example.com. Running time: 56:17.